One of the best TED Videos on the topic: Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation
If then rewards do not work! Example: If you perform at a high level - you will get this reward. Social science knows that this does not work in cognitive skilled areas. Did you know this?
See RSA's rendering of Dan Pink's speech.
From the author of "Flow". "Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has contributed pioneering work to our understanding of happiness, creativity, human fulfillment and the notion of "flow" -- a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work."
Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" (a TED Video).
A quote from The Heart of Innovation blog "The Four Currents of a Culture of Innovation."
"If you can find a way to unlock the primal mojo of your workforce, you won't need to manage as much as you do. You won't need to rely so heavily on incentive plans, performance reviews, pep talks, frowns, and punishment. That stuff only exists because your workforce is disengaged. But when people are on fire with purpose, in touch with their own authentic desire to create, a culture of innovation will naturally evolve."See Also:
Motivation & Herzberg Two-Factor Theory
David's notes on Drive by Dan Pink